Rankings and other measures of excellence

Overall UC Berkeley rankings can be found here.

U.S. News and World Report

The new “Best Global Universities Rankings” of U.S. News & World Report placed UC Berkeley fourth in the world. Only Stanford, Harvard, and MIT ranked higher.

Berkeley starred as the top U.S. public university in U.S. News’s “Top Public Universities Rankings.

In the new rankings, Berkeley’s graduate programs placed first in the world in chemistry, computer science, economics, English, psychology, and sociology; second in physics and statistics; and third in earth sciences,
engineering, math, and social welfare. Six other subject areas ranked in the top 10.

Place Subjects
1st Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology / Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Psychology, Sociology
2nd Statistics, Physics
3rd Engineering, Earth Sciences, Math, Social Welfare
4th Biological Sciences, History, Political Science
7th  Business
8th  Public Affairs
9th Public Health

Academic Rankings of World Universities

UC Berkeley  is again the No. 1 U.S. public university in the Academic Rankings of World Universities, an assessment of 500 top institutions around the globe by Shanghai Ranking.

In the ARWU’s rankings of broad fields of study, Berkeley is the top university in the world in natural sciences, which encompass physics, mathematics, chemistry, earth sciences and ecology.

Berkeley also place third globally for social sciences, seventh for life and agricultural sciences and eighth for engineering. Lacking a medical school, Berkeley wasn’t ranked in the fifth broad field, medical sciences.

Within those fields, 52 subjects were evaluated. Berkeley was ranked the best in the world in chemistry and electrical and electronic engineering.

The campus took second place globally for physics, earth sciences, computer science and engineering and materials science and engineering; and third place in economics, statistics, biotechnology and transportation science and technology.

Altogether, Berkeley placed in the top 10 in 20 of the 52 subjects ranked.

Berkeley Shines in the ‘Times Higher Ed’ Reputation Rankings

Again, UC Berkeley joins five other world universities in a cluster known as the “elite six,” in newly released 2017 reputation rankings by The Times Higher Education.

These rankings are just seven years old, and this is the seventh time Berkeley has placed in the “elite six” — all of which scored far higher than the other ranked universities. The reputation rankings are based on a THE survey of more than 10,000 academics worldwide.

Graduate Alumni Satisfaction

Berkeley doctoral alumni, surveyed 5 to 45 years after graduation, report very high level of satisfaction with their graduate education and the value of their Ph.D.s:

  • 90% overall (and 85% of those who pursued non-academic careers) say they were well prepared for their careers by Berkeley
  • 95% overall (and 93% of those who pursued non-academic careers) would pursue a doctoral degree again
  • 86% would select the same field of study
  • 95% would choose graduate study at Berkeley if they could start again

The Berkeley Graduate Profile is produced by the Institutional Research and Communications units in the Graduate Division

Additional Resources

Graduate Student Enrollment

Among the 40,894 students at Berkeley, nearly 28% are pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 100 disciplines.

The fall 2017 incoming graduate class of 3,998 students was selected from among 41,500 applicants.

Term and Year Applications
Fall 2007 32,289
Fall 2017 41,500
Enrollment (Fall 2017) Doctoral Master’s Total
Overall 5,335 6,000 11,335
Incoming class 897 3,101 3,998
Applicant Age
Average 28
Youngest 18
Oldest 66
Women Underrepresented Minorities
46% 12%
Graph of Entering Class 2015
Ethnic Diversity Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 60
Black/African-American 393
Chicano/Mexican-American 490
Chinese/Chinese-American 847
East Indian/Pakistani 347
Japanese/Japanese-American 108
Korean 181
Latino/Other Spanish-American 414
Other/Unknown 882
Pacific Islander 11
Pilipino/Filipino 110
Thai/Other Asian 225
Vietnamese 136
White/Caucasian 4,110
Total 8,314
International Graduate Students Doctoral Master’s Total
China 434 500 934
India 116 346 462
Canada 85 74 159
Korea 92 55 147
France 27 75 102
Taiwan 48 43 91
Mexico 32 44 76
Germany 47 15 62
Brazil 29 27 60
Chile 29 27 56
Japan 20 29 49
Singapore 19 29 48
United Kingdom 33 13 46
Iran 38 5 43
Turkey 25 13 38
Thailand 22 14 36
Israel 26 9 35
Colombia 18 17 35
Italy 20 14 34
Australia 20 13 33
Spain 15 14 29
Peru 13 16 29
84 other countries 190 227 417
Total 1,398 1,623 3,021

Graduate majors (Fall 2017 Enrollment)

Berkeley offers 101 graduate majors (master’s and doctoral), 93 of which grant doctoral degrees.

School/College Doctoral Master’s/
First Professional
Total
Business Administration 67 1,507.5 1,574.5
Chemistry 454 36 490
Education 194.5 96 290.5
Engineering 1,332.5 797.5 2130
Environmental Design 77 327.5 404.5
Journalism 109 109
Law 69 1,163.5 1232.5
Letters & Science (all divisions) 2,528.5 101 2,629.5
Arts & Humanities 622 13 635
Biological Sciences 479 4 483
Mathematics & Physical Sciences 604.5 52 656.5
Social Sciences 823 32 855
Natural Resources  379.5 80 459.5
Optometry 41 288 329
Public Health 134 523.5 657.5
Public Policy 12.5 216.5 229
School of Information 19.5 579 598.5
Social Welfare 23 175 198
Individualized Major 3 3
TOTAL 5,335 6,000 11,335

Degrees Granted

Degree Date 2005 – 06 2006 – 07 2007 – 08 2008 – 09 2009 – 10 2010 – 11 2011 – 12 2012 – 13 2013 – 14 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
Doctoral 753 895 864 863 888 906 887 936 930 1,066 818 765
Master’s/Professional  2,337 2,351 2,406 2,385 2,397 2,481 2,506 2,552 2,045 2,764 3,084 2,991

Career Outcomes

Top 5 academic institutions that hire Berkeley Ph.D.s

  • University of California System
  • Stanford
  • University of Michigan
  • MIT
  • Harvard

Long-term employment trends

(Based on a survey of Ph.D. recipients who graduated between 1968 and 2008)

  • 57% of Berkeley doctoral alumni (and 78% arts and humanities Ph.D.s) work in 4-year academic institutions compared to 41.4% nation-wide
  • 23% work in the private for-proft sector
  • 13% work in the non-profit sector or for the state, local or national government
  • 7% are self-employed or have other employment

Career placement of doctoral degree recipients

First positions of students who graduated between 2011 – 2016 (based on a survey conducted 12-18 months after graduation).

Industry Count Percent
Business (for profit) 666 27%
College or university* 1,377 55.7%
Government 86 3.4%
Hospital/clinic 13 .5%
K-12 school 33 1.3%
National laboratory 115 4.7%
Self-employed 25 1%
Other/unknown 146 6.4%
Total 2,462 100%

*First positions taken by Berkeley Ph.D.s who went into academia


Doctoral Alumni Placements by Program

Sources of financial support for graduate students (2016 – 2017)

Chart of Humanities Funding 2015 Chart of Sciences Funding 2015

Funding for Doctoral Study

University multi-year fellowships

Berkeley offers prestigious multi-year awards to the most highly qualified entering doctoral students, including those who will enhance the diversity of the graduate student population. Recipients are nominated by their departments and selected through a competitive process.

Humanities/Social Sciences multi-year packages include:
  • 2 years of fellowship funding
  • 2 years of departmental funding: combination of GSI (teaching) or GSR (research) appointments and/or fellowship
  • 1 year of Doctoral Completion Fellowship*

Sciences/Engineering multi-year packages include:

  • 2 years of fellowship funding
  • 3 years of departmental funding: combination of GSI or GSR appointments and/or fellowship

Departmental multi-year funding packages:
Departmental funding offers often include funding from a variety of sources, including departmental fellowships, training grant awards,
GSI (teaching) appointments, and GSR (research) positions.

External multi-year fellowships, such as the NSF GRFP, NDSEG (DoD), Hertz, Ford, and others, are integrated into university and departmental funding packages.

*The Doctoral Completion Fellowship provides one year of fellowship funding to students in certain Humanities and Social Science disciplines, for use after advancement to doctoral candidacy.

Other Campus Funding Opportunities

  • Conference Travel Grants
  • Parent Grants
  • Research Grants/Fellowships (from Institutes/Centers and others)
  • Training Grant Programs